Medicaid http://nhpr.org en Data Shows N.H. Has Upped Spending On Disabled Home Care http://nhpr.org/post/data-shows-nh-has-upped-spending-disabled-home-care <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">New Hampshire has increased the amount of Medicaid funding it devotes to home-based care for the disabled since a 1999 U.S. Supreme Court ruling gave people a choice to live outside institutions.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:56:30 +0000 Associated Press 50923 at http://nhpr.org Medicaid Managed Care Organization To End Work In State http://nhpr.org/post/medicaid-managed-care-organization-end-work-state <p>One of three private companies brought in to manage administration and benefits within the state’s Medicaid program is ending its agreement. The Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday Meridian Health Plan will withdraw at the end of July.</p><p>“This has not been an easy decision,” says Dr. David Cotton, CEO of Detroit-based Meridian, “but&nbsp; our&nbsp; recent growth in the Midwest demands that we refocus our resources to continue to provide top-quality managed care products in our core&nbsp; markets.”&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:36:31 +0000 Todd Bookman 49611 at http://nhpr.org Medicaid Managed Care Organization To End Work In State Anthem Says High Percent Of New ACA Customers Paid First Bill http://nhpr.org/post/anthem-says-high-percent-new-aca-customers-paid-first-bill <p>Nearly 90% of the people who signed up for health care through the Affordable Care Act in New Hampshire have paid their first month’s bill.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Anthem, the only insurance company in the exchange this year, says roughly 35,000 out of the 40,000 who enrolled through healthcare.gov are paid up.</span></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 17:13:17 +0000 Todd Bookman 48228 at http://nhpr.org Anthem Says High Percent Of New ACA Customers Paid First Bill Lawmakers Look For Medicaid Tax Solution http://nhpr.org/post/lawmakers-look-medicaid-tax-solution <p>A recent ruling declaring a state tax on hospitals unconstitutional is leaving lawmakers scrambling for a fix. On Tuesday, three amendments were put forward, each offering a different path.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Representatives Cindy </span>Rosenwald<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (D-Nashua) and Neal </span>Kurk<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (</span>R-Weare<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) are co-sponsoring a plan that changes technical language within the Medicaid Enhancement Tax and designates that none of the revenue be allocated to the state's general fund.</span></p> Tue, 06 May 2014 22:22:43 +0000 Todd Bookman 48036 at http://nhpr.org Lawmakers Look For Medicaid Tax Solution After Losing Hospital Tax Fight, Senate Looks For Budget Fix http://nhpr.org/post/after-losing-hospital-tax-fight-senate-looks-budget-fix <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Senate's tax committee is meeting to discuss a recent court ruling that found New Hampshire's tax on hospitals unconstitutional. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senate President Chuck Morse told the Ways and Means Committee last week he hopes negotiations among legislative leaders, the governor and the hospitals produce a short-term fix to avoid a major impact on the budget. The committee is hoping to have a proposal to attach to a House bill when the panel meets Tuesday. Mon, 05 May 2014 13:57:46 +0000 Associated Press 47909 at http://nhpr.org Senate President Wants Short-Term Fix On Medicaid Enhancement Tax http://nhpr.org/post/senate-president-wants-short-term-fix-medicaid-enhancement-tax <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Senate President Chuck Morse says lawmakers need to agree on a short-term fix to address a court ruling that found New Hampshire's tax on hospitals unconstitutional.</p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:07:08 +0000 Associated Press 47600 at http://nhpr.org Senate President Wants Short-Term Fix On Medicaid Enhancement Tax N.H. Judge: Medicaid Tax On Hospitals Unconstitutional http://nhpr.org/post/nh-judge-medicaid-tax-hospitals-unconstitutional <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A judge has ruled that New Hampshire cannot collect a Medicaid Enhancement Tax from hospitals. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a ruling released Friday, Hillsborough County Superior Court Philip Mangones&nbsp;says the state should have stopped collecting the tax in 2011 when a loophole in the Medicaid reimbursement system closed. He says the tax is unconstitutional. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Catholic Medical Center, St. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:13:07 +0000 Amanda Loder 46654 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Judge: Medicaid Tax On Hospitals Unconstitutional Transition To Managed Medicaid Hits Some Bumps http://nhpr.org/post/transition-managed-medicaid-hits-some-bumps <p>It’s been a little more than 100 days since the state of New Hampshire dramatically re-shaped its biggest program. On December 1<sup>st</sup>, traditional Medicaid became Medicaid Managed Care, shifting administration of the health program into the hands of private companies in the hopes of saving $15 million a year.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Perhaps the biggest change to the program for recipients revolves around something called prior authorizations.</span></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Todd Bookman 45332 at http://nhpr.org Transition To Managed Medicaid Hits Some Bumps Hassan Says Medicaid Expansion Should Be Ready By July http://nhpr.org/post/hassan-says-medicaid-expansion-should-be-ready-july <p>Gov. Maggie Hassan says she expects those eligible for insurance under a Medicaid expansion plan backed by a bipartisan group of State Senators will be covered in July.</p><p>The plan to insure as many as 50,000 low income residents by using federal money to pay for private coverage cleared a key committee last week.</p><p>The plan is expected to win full approval by lawmakers, but those votes have yet to be scheduled. &nbsp;</p><p>Governor Hassan says she’s optimistic that will happen with enough time for the plan’s two-month enrollment period to begin May 1.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:10:46 +0000 Josh Rogers 44073 at http://nhpr.org Obamacare & You: What The New Law Means For N.H. http://nhpr.org/post/obamacare-you-what-new-law-means-nh <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="1375px" id="iframe" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://info.nhpr.org/sites/default/files/files/acaexplaineroverview.html" width="595px"></iframe></p><p></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:04:12 +0000 Todd Bookman & Sara Plourde 34912 at http://nhpr.org Obamacare & You: What The New Law Means For N.H. Hassan In The North Country: State Must Work Together To Provide Healthcare For All http://nhpr.org/post/hassan-north-country-state-must-work-together-provide-healthcare-all <p>Some North Country Health officials told Gov. Hassan Thursday that increasing funding for psychiatric services and expanding Medicaid are vital for improving healthcare in the region.</p><p>Hassan met with workers at <a href="http://www.ammonoosuc.org/index.php">Ammonoosuc Community Health Services </a>in Littleton.</p><p>Its executive director, Edward Shanshala, told Hassan it is good that she restored funding for primary preventive care.</p><p>And he is hopeful that Medicaid will be expanded to help low-income families in the North Country who can’t afford health insurance.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:48:12 +0000 Chris Jensen 34061 at http://nhpr.org Hassan In The North Country: State Must Work Together To Provide Healthcare For All Mulling Over Medicaid Expansion http://nhpr.org/post/mulling-over-medicaid-expansion <p>At the end of the legislative season, New Hampshire lawmakers decided to spend the summer studying whether the Granite State should accept or reject federal funds to extend Medicaid to more residents.&nbsp; A special committee has held weekly sessions on this, with a deadline of mid-October.&nbsp; We’ll find out what they’re looking at and what they may decide.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong>Guests</strong></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 33036 at http://nhpr.org Mulling Over Medicaid Expansion Medicaid Expansion Commission Taking Shape http://nhpr.org/post/medicaid-expansion-commission-taking-shape <p>A nine-member commission charged with exploring whether to expand&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Medicaid in New Hampshire is beginning to take shape.</span> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 14:43:51 +0000 Michael Brindley 30533 at http://nhpr.org The Muddle Over Medicaid http://nhpr.org/post/muddle-over-medicaid <p><span style='font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'>The Affordable Care Act encourages states to expand Medicaid coverage and provides funding to do so. Thu, 30 May 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 28465 at http://nhpr.org The Muddle Over Medicaid Examining the Expansion of Medicaid http://nhpr.org/post/examining-expansion-medicaid <p>Although the Supreme Court upheld most of the Affordable Care Act, it said states could choose whether to expand Medicaid. Supporters say doing so helps low income Americans gain coverage and boosts the economy. Critics warn it’s government overreach and is simply unaffordable. We’ll get New Hampshire’s take on this debate.</p><p></p><p><strong>&nbsp;Guests</strong></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 23970 at http://nhpr.org Examining the Expansion of Medicaid